One Knight’s Return Pre-Order

The Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances continues with the tale of Quinn’s return home to Sayerne.

One Knight's Return, #2 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixKnight and crusader Quinn de Sayerne vowed never to return home while his villainous father drew breath. Twenty years after his departure, he is notified of his father’s death and summoned by his liege lord to claim his family holding. But his overlord has a stipulation: Quinn must wed Melissande, the beauteous heiress of neighboring Annossy. Quinn hoped to make a match based on more than mutual animosity, but he is resolved to win the heart of his lady wife, at any cost.

Melissande cannot believe that her liege lord has not only compelled her to break an old betrothal but wed her to a ruffian—and granted the seal of Annossy to him, despite her expertise. It is the dream of Quinn’s father brought to fruition, for the holdings will be merged just as he long schemed. But her overlord cannot be defied and she finds herself the chattel of this rough knight, despite her every protest.

Can Quinn win his lady’s reluctant heart? Or is he doomed to lose Melissande forever when her betrothed returns?

An earlier version of this story was published as My Lady’s Champion. What’s different? Ha. Pretty much everything – except Quinn, who I still adore. 🙂 The book has been completely revised, and there are new scenes linking the company of Rogues & Angels to the story. Tulley has a niece now, too.

Coming April 23, 2019.

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Read an excerpt here.

Shiny New Books

The delivery guys have been good to me this week. I have shiny new books!

The Rogues of Ravensmuir medieval romances by Claire Delacroix in new trade paperback editions

The Jewels of Kinfairlie medieval romances by Claire Delacroix in new trade paperback editions

The Prometheus Project urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke in new trade paperback editions.
Not only do these editions have new covers, but the interiors have been updated, too. The historicals have pretty illuminated capitals at the beginning of each chapter, like this:

2016 updated print interior of The Snow White Bride, book #3 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

You can order signed copies of these new editions in my online store. Here’s the series bundle for The Rogues of Ravensmuir and here’s the series bundle for The Jewels of Kinfairlie.

What do you think?

Fun with Memes

Little pix and sayings that go by on social media are called ‘memes’, even though the word actually means something a little different. (From Miriam Webster: an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.” Although these are shared and spread organically through social media, they’re not included in this list. But anyway…)

I’ve been playing with some memes lately, and they’re fun to create. Of course, I’ve been doing them for my book releases. Here are a few of mine:

FirestormForever

The Crusader's Bride by Claire Delacroix

Wulfe knew his heart was barricaded forever,

The Crusader’s Bride

Today’s the day! Do you have your copy of Gaston and Ysmaine’s book yet?The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixGaston battled for duty and honor—until his new wife tempted him to fight for her love.

When the Templar knight Gaston learns that he has inherited his father’s estate in France, he accepts one last quest for the order and agrees to deliver a package to Paris on his way home. A practical man, Gaston knows he has need of a wife and an heir, so when a lovely widowed noblewoman on pilgrimage snares his gaze, he believes he can see matters solved to their mutual convenience.

But Ysmaine is more than a pilgrim enduring bad luck. She has buried two husbands in rapid succession, both of whom died on her nuptial night, and believes herself cursed. Accepting this gruff knight seems doomed to result in his demise, but Gaston is dismissive of her warnings, and Ysmaine finds herself quickly wed again—this time to a man who is not only vital, but determined to survive.

Neither of them realize that Gaston’s errand is one of peril, for the package contains the treasure of the Templars—and some soul, either in their party or pursuing it, is intent upon claiming the prize at any cost. In a company of strangers with secrets, do they dare to trust each other and the love that dawns between them?

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You can download a free longer excerpt from my online store, in either EPUB or MOBI formats.

Print Edition of The Crusader’s Bride

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixOne print edition of The Crusader’s Bride is available for pre-order at Amazon now, right here. It’s already nested with the digital edition, too! The pre-order will be only at Amazon US, UK and the European portals – this edition will perk out to other portals (Createspace, B&N, the Book Depository, etc.) after the on sale date.

The other print edition is in the works. I doubt it will be available for pre-order, since the process is slower there, but it should be available at Chapters/Indigo in early August.

Cover Variations

I’ve had the covers updated for two of the Champions of Saint Euphemia books. As much as I liked them initially, in thumbnail versions they weren’t as snappy as I’d like. I had the designer make a couple of changes.

First off, The Crusader’s Heart. In the old version, her dress was white. In the new one (which will be on the book) it’s gold:
ClaireDelacroix_TheCrusadersHeart200And then, The Crusader’s Vow. In the old version, her dress was brown and the cover overall looked a bit dull when it became small. In the new version, her dress is purple and the background has changed to a winter scene:
ClaireDelacroix_TheCrusadersVow200What do you think?

Brides and Rogues…

Fallen, book #1 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Claire DelacroixAnd one rogue angel!

From now through the end of May, my Bride Quest II trilogy and my Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy are on sale. The Countess and The Beauty Bride are both discounted to 99 cents, while The Beauty, The Temptress, The Rogue, The Scoundrel and The Warrior are each priced at $2.99. Here’s your chance to read these two bestselling Scottish medieval romance trilogies. Also, Fallen is $2.99 so you can begin my urban fantasy series featuring fallen angel heroes. Usually, all of these titles are priced at $4.99 each.

The Bride Quest II Boxed Set, a trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThe Bride Quest II and Rogues of Ravensmuir boxed sets are also on sale for half their usual price – $4.99 instead of $9.99.

This pricing is available at Amazon, Apple, B&N and Kobo, through May 31. Don’t miss out!

Writing Plans for 2015

It’s going to be a busy, busy year. 🙂

Now you’ve been warned. Let’s have a look at what’s on the schedule for me for 2015.

For years, I’ve alternated between series, because that keeps my view of the world of the books fresh. It also means, though, that linked books are published about 8 months apart. I’m going to try to switch that around this year, because you all seem to like to see linked books published in closer succession. This is the Big Challenge.

Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke1 • Firestorm Forever

This is #11 in my Dragonfire series of paranormal romances featuring dragon shape shifter heroes, and the big wrap-up of the Dragon’s Tail Wars. It’s Sloane’s book—because the Apothecary has to heal the world—and will be published in March. You can read an excerpt right here or download one from my online store, right here.

This book is getting big, as there are lots of loose ends to tie up, but it’s NOT the end of my dragon shifter stories. It’s the end of the Dragon’s Tail Wars, but I’m not nearly done with the Pyr.

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix2 • The Champions of Saint Euphemia

This is a new series of linked medieval romances, following the journey of a company of knights home from Jerusalem. They’re each going back to Europe for their own reasons, but have accepted a quest to deliver a chest to Paris. They don’t know until they’re on the road that someone wants the contents of that chest badly enough to kill for it—and they don’t know each other, much less who to trust.

The Crusader’s Bride is the first in this series, and will be available in May. I’m hoping to publish this series in fairly rapid succession. (Fingers crossed.) You can read an excerpt from this book on my website, right here, or download a longer one from my store, right here.

 

3 • Beyond the Champions

The schedule beyond the Champions of Saint Euphemia gets a bit murky, mostly because I’m not sure yet how long those books will be. The books, though, are perfectly clear to me. It’s likely that some of these projects will slide into 2016, but after the Champions comes:
Dragonfire Legend, a trilogy of historical romances featuring the Pyr
A Dragonfire Companion, which will be published simultaneously with Dragonfire Legend
• A new contemporary romance series – details to come
• A new medieval romance series set at Inverfyre – details to come

Now you can see why I need to stay home and write in 2015! I’ll also be mixing up some backlist titles into new boxed sets – which could count either as promotion or as writing plans. You can find out about the first one of those for 2015 in tomorrow’s post.

The Crusader’s Bride Cover Reveal

The Champions of Saint Euphemia is a new medieval romance series, launching in May 2015, with book #1, The Crusader’s Bride.The Crusader's Bride, first in a new series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixA company of Templar knights, chosen by the Grand Master of the Temple in Jerusalem to deliver a sealed trunk to the Temple in Paris. A group of pilgrims seeking the protection of the Templars to return home as the Muslims prepare to besiege the city. A mysterious treasure that someone will even kill to possess…

Gaston battled for duty and honor—until his new wife tempted him to fight for her love.

Gaston has had his fill of war and the Latin Kingdoms when he learns that he has inherited his father’s estate in France. He accepts one last quest for the Templars, the order he has served for fifteen years, and agrees to deliver a package to Paris on his way home. A practical man, Gaston knows he now has need of a wife and an heir, so when a lovely widowed noblewoman on pilgrimage catches his eye, he believes he can see matters solved to their mutual convenience.

But Ysmaine is more than a pilgrim enduring bad luck. She has buried two husbands in rapid succession, both of whom died on her nuptial night, and believes herself cursed. Accepting the offer of this gruff knight seems doomed to result in his demise, but Gaston is dismissive of her warnings and Ysmaine finds herself quickly wed again—this time to a man who is not only vital, but determined to remain alive.

Neither of them realize that Gaston’s errand is one of peril, for the package contains the treasure of the Templars—and some soul, either in their party or pursuing it, is intent upon claiming the prize for his or her own, regardless of the cost. In a company of strangers with secrets, do they dare to trust each other and the love that dawns between them?

The Crusader’s Bride is available for pre-order at a discounted price at these portals:
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You can also download a free EPUB excerpt from my store (one that’s longer than the one here on the website), right here.